Back to Subjects

History department

  • To deliver stimulating inspiring lessons in a bid to instil a love of History and an engagement with the past.
  • To help students to understand the present existing social, political, religious and economic conditions in their lives and around the world through the study of past events.
  • We believe that without knowledge of history we cannot have the background of our religion, customs, institutions, administration and so on. Our present conditions are the result of the past problems.
  • To use History to help train the memory, develop reasoning, presentation of facts systematically and successfully. To enable students to analyse & weigh evidence and decisions of the past based on reasoned judgement. All this helps in the intellectual development of children.
KS3 History

In line with the requirements for the 2014 curriculum we have decided to follow a chronological pattern of study over this key stage. At KS3 History is allocated three lessons over the two week time table. Pupils are assessed once per half term with the assessments being based on five key skills of; Significance/ causation AND /OR consequence, change AND/OR continuity, source skills (analysis and evaluation), interpretations and quality of written communication. These skills dovetail into the current GCSE AQA skills and we aim to further use the style of questions pupils should expect to see in assessment. This is done in a bid to increase familiarity with the tasks expected should pupils choose GCSE History. The department recognises pupils make progress through different learning styles and therefore incorporates these within lessons including the key Personal learning and thinking skills also.
We aim to demonstrate the following in each year.

Year 7
  • Pre 1066 study of Britain. The impact of the Roman Empire on Britain.
  • The development of Church state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.
Year 8
  • The development of Church state and society in Britain 1509-1745
  • Ideas Political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • Depth study on the British empire and its role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Year 9
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the 1947 including:
  • The causes of WWI, the key features of the fighting and the results of the war.
  • Interwar period and the rise of dictatorships across Europe.
  • Causes of WWII and why the allies won.
  • The Holocaust.



It will be done in the following terms.





Autumn term










 Introduction to History and a study of Britain pre 1066.
What is History? (Skill development in the study of History)
The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

  • Who were the Romans?
  • Rome government?
  • Roman military power.
  • Why did they invade Britain?
  • Boudicca and the rebellion against Roman rule.
  • How did Britain change under Roman rule?

Britain in 1500-1700
The making of the U.K

  • Britain in 1500 compared to 1750.
  • Henry VIII & the Reformation
  • The Counter Reformation and changes in Tudor monarchs; Mary I/ Edward VI /Elizabeth I.

Depth study on Elizabeth I

  • Conflicts with Scotland, Spain and Ireland.

The English civil war period

  • Tudor to Stuarts and the Union of the Scottish and English Crowns.
  • Causes of civil war.

The twentieth century world:

  • Causes of WWI.
  • Why was WWI fought in the trenches? New technology and failure of the Schlieffen plan.
  • Life in the trenches,
  • Medical developments during the WWI.
  • Case study on the battle of the Somme theory and the reality
  • Interpretations on General Douglas Haig.
  • How was the stalemate broken?(Reasons why the allies won).
  • Treaty of Versailles and German reaction.

Spring term

Medieval realms:
War and conflict in the Medieval period.

  • England before 1066.

The Norman conquests and its impact on England.

  • Who should be king?
  • Battle of Stamford Bridge.
  • Battle of Hastings.
  • Why William won the Battle of Hastings? & Assessment.
  • Control of the English with castles.
  • Feudal system.
  • Domesday book.

Life in the Medieval period,

  • Importance of religion, Doom paintings.
  • Were the Crusades Holy wars?
  • Civil war weapons and the battle of Edge Hill.
  • How did parliament win the war?
  • Why did England get its king back?
  • Medical knowledge in the time of Charles II and the “Great Plague.”

Britain 1700-1900

  • Hanoverian succession.
  • Process of developing the British state and the Jacobite rebellions.
  • In what ways did Britain change 1750-1900? An overview.
  • Social changes, population growth, movement from countryside to towns, living conditions and changes in transport.


Rise of dictatorships in the inter war period.

  • Development of Communism in Russia
  • The rise of Nazism in Germany.
  • Life in Nazi German. Social, political and economic changes.

The Causes of WWII.

  • The failure of the League of Nations.
  • Hitler’s foreign policy.
  • Britain’s policy of Appeasement.

Summer term

Problems facing medieval kings:

  • Henry II and Thomas Becket the struggle between church and state.
  • King John & the Magna Carta.
  • Henry III & the development of parliament.
  • Edward I & English campaigns to conquer Wales & Scotland up to 1314.

Thematic depth study

  • Living conditions.
  • Public health & medicine.
  • The Black Death and its impact
  • Economic changes, movement from domestic to factory system of production and its impacts.
  • Political changes Development of party politics and the vote.

British empire and its role in the transatlantic slave trade.

  • Why were slaves needed?
  • How did the slave trade work?
  • The middle passage,
  • Salve sale and plantation life.
  • Slave resistance.
  • How did Britain benefit from slavery?
  • What factors led to abolition?

Why did Britain win WWII?

  • Early German Successes and Blitzkrieg tactics.
  • Which event was more Significant in Britain’s survival in WWII Dunkirk or  the Battle of Britain/
  • The role of Winston Churchill
  • Other reasons for the defeat of Germany.
  • Depth study on the Holocaust
KS4 History
Students will follow the AQA specification.  The units of study are below.
Paper 1: Understanding the modern world:
Section A: Period studies.

  • 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Section B: Wider world depth studies.

  • Conflict and tension, 1894–1918.

Paper 2: Shaping the nation;
Section A: Thematic studies.

  • 2A Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day.

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment.

  • Medieval England: the reign of Edward I, 1272–1307.

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world.
What is assessed?
In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at least a 50 year period.
In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.
How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.
• 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
• 50% of GCSE.
• Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks).
• Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks).
• Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Paper 2: Shaping the nation.
What is assessed.
In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.
In Section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.
How it's assessed.
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.
• 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
• 50% of GCSE.
• Section A – four compulsory questions (40 marks).
• Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks).
• Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.



Year 10

Year 11


Paper 1  Section B

Paper 2 Section A


Paper 1 section  B/A

Paper 2 Section A/B


Paper 1 section A

Paper 2 Section B


Head of Department: Mr Russell.
Subject tutor:  Mrs Faulder.